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Sweet and creamy healthy hot chocolate. A classic hot chocolate made with milk, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Perfect for chilly nights! Ready in 5 minutes.

Healthy Hot Chocolate – Recipe Variations

This low calorie hot chocolate is made to be enjoyed on any day! Here are some fun ways to keep it tasting new.

  • Healthy Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon. Simmer the milk with a cinnamon stick. Discard the stick or serve it inside your cup as a garnish.
  • Vegan Hot Chocolate. Use dairy free milk (such as almond milk, oat milk) and make sure your chocolate is dairy free also.
  • Hot Chocolate with Coconut Oil. Another option to add decadence. Melt ½ tablespoon coconut oil in the saucepan with the other ingredients.
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate. Simmer the milk with a cinnamon stick (as suggested in cinnamon variation above). Stir in a baby pinch of cayenne (a little goes a long way!)
  • Irish Hot Chocolate. Add a splash of Irish Cream liqueur, such as Bailey’s, or Irish whiskey. Not nearly as healthy but YUM.
  • Peanut Butter Healthy Hot Chocolate. Stir in powdered peanut butter to taste, such as PB2.
  • Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream. The classic hot chocolate topping! Feel free to use the can (I won’t judge). To keep the recipe vegan/dairy free, use whipped coconut cream.
Gourmet Hot Chocolate Milk with Cinnamon and Marshmallows


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup plus additional to taste
  • Tiny pinch of kosher salt or sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Shaved dark chocolate or chocolate chips for serving

Oat Milk Hot Chocolate 


Recipe Servings: 2


  • 2 cups oat milk
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • Non-dairy coconut whipped cream
  • Dark chocolate, finely shaved


  • In a small saucepan, heat the milk until just simmering. Whisk in the cocoa powder, maple syrup, and salt or ingredients you choose to use. Add the chocolate chips and vanilla. Whisk and heat until the chocolate is melted and smoothly combined.
  • Taste and add more maple syrup if you’d like it sweeter. Pour into a mug, and top with extra chocolate as desired. For more variations, see the blog post above.

Cozy nights with steaming mugs of healthy hot chocolate are ahead. Cheers!


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